Policy SS5 

Melton Mowbray North Sustainable Neighbourhood

Melton Borough Council will work in partnership with developers and delivery partners to deliver the North Melton Mowbray Sustainable Neighbourhood (NSN) identified as a strategic development location on the Policies Map. The Sustainable Neighbourhood will provide:

 

Housing

h1: 1,700 houses (of which 1500 will be delivered before 2036), 15% of which should be affordable; subject to viability

h2: Homes of a range of tenures, types and sizes in accordance with Policy C2;

 

Extra care housing to meets the needs of our ageing population in accordance with Policies C2, C3 and C8; and

 

Employment

em1: Small scale employment uses as part of a new local centre. Employment uses will mainly be for B1(a) offices. Other employment uses will be acceptable where they could be satisfactorily accessed and activities undertaken without adversely affecting the amenities of the residents of nearby houses.

 

Community facilities

c1: A new primary school (2.5 hectares) as part of a local centre and financial contributions or additional land provision towards secondary education to meet the identified need for school places;

 

c2: An accessible local centre that will incorporate a mix of uses including ‘small-scale’ retail uses (up to 200 square metres), office based employment uses and a range of community facilities & services, including healthcare facilities as necessary.

 

Transport 

t1: A comprehensive package of transport improvements informed by an appropriate transport assessment including:

  • A: A strategic road link connecting A606 Nottingham Road to Melton Spinney Road forming part of the Melton Mowbray Distributor Road as part of a wider agreed scheme;

  • B: Securing a route that allows north/south connectivity as part of the Melton Mowbray Distributor Road;

  • C: Measures to mitigate the impact of development on the existing transport network where adverse impacts are identified;

  • D: New and enhanced bus services connecting the development with the town centre and local employment opportunities; and

  • E: Provision of new walking and cycle links as part of the proposed development.

  • F: The Melton Park Greenway – a series of measures that improve accessibility and the attractiveness of walking and cycling connections through the Melton Country Park to the town centre and other town attractors such as employment, education and retail.

 

t2: Measures that seek to achieve a modal shift away from private car use including:

  • A: a frequent bus service from the site into Melton Mowbray Town Centre and local employment opportunities with accessible bus stops which are less than 400 metres walk from all new residents;

  • B: Well-connected street patterns and walkable neighbourhoods providing high quality, safe and direct walking, cycling and public transport routes including links using the green infrastructure network;

  • C: The retention of existing and provision of new walking, cycling and road connections within Melton Mowbray; to town centre facilities; and to existing and new employment and education services; and

  • D: Provision of a Travel Plan for new residents which includes measures to encourage the use of public transport, as part of a wider travel plan.

 

Environment

en1: Protection to the separate identities of Scalford and Thorpe Arnold in accordance with Policy EN4 and respond to settlement fringe sensitivity in accordance with Policy EN1 to create a locally distinctive development and an improved town edge;

en2: Protection and enhancement of historic assets and their settings; 

en3: Seek to retain and mitigate any potential harm to notable areas identified in the biodiversity study, in accordance with Policy EN2, including:

  • A: Protection and enhancement to the existing green infrastructure, local wildlife sites, wildlife corridors and, where appropriate, provide new corridors to create a coherent network of biodiversity and green infrastructure providing links from existing green infrastructure to the countryside, specifically Melton Country Park, Scalford Brook and Welby Brook and the disused railway line;

  • B: Establish a protection zone between Melton Country Park and any future development. Development should respond to the local topography and utilise it to define the protection zone. This zone should also include the provision of an undeveloped area of land between part of the existing northern boundary of the park and the proposed distributor road.

  • C: Establish a protection zone between areas of high ecological importance identified around Scalford Brook in the biodiversity study and any future development;

en4: Provide a network of new high quality of multi-functional green spaces in accordance with the Council’s open space standards set out in Policy EN7;

en5. Provision, or facilitation, of sports pitches in the immediate vicinity, and contribute towards indoor built leisure facilities within Melton Mowbray, in accordance with the Playing Pitch Strategy and emerging Indoor Facilities Assessment (see Policy EN7);

en6: A development that complies with exceeds building regulations for energy efficiency and carbon emissions, where viable;

en7: Buildings and spaces which are adaptable to future climatic conditions including extremes of temperature, drought and flooding;

en8: Development that provides appropriate SuDS and flood alleviation measures in accordance with the Melton North assessment in the Strategic Flood Risk Assessment. Areas of the MSSN that are at higher risk of flooding shall not be used for built development, and;

en9: Protection and enhancement of water quality.

 

Master planning and delivery

A master plan, including a phasing and delivery plan, should be prepared and agreed in advance of, or as part of, submission of a planning application for the Melton North Sustainable Neighbourhood (NSN). In order to achieve a comprehensive approach, the master plan should be prepared for the whole NSN. It will set out in detail the structure and development concepts of the NSN to include:

 

m1: The amount, distribution and location of proposed land uses alongside a timetable for their delivery;

 

m2: Proposed key transport links, within and outside of the development, including those between the main housing and local centre, town centre and nearby employment uses, services & facilities;

m3: Important environmental features, including high grade agricultural land, biodiversity sites and heritage assets that are to be protected;

 

m4: Areas of green infrastructure and green space (including important strategic green gaps to be protected);

 

m5: Areas of new landscaping: and

 

m6: Design which performs well against BfL12 and seeks to develop the principles of 'Active Design', in accordance with Policy D1.

 

The NSN master plan will be prepared in consultation with key stakeholders. Planning permission will not normally be granted for the NSN until a comprehensive master plan has been completed to the satisfaction of the Local Planning Authority.

 

The Local Planning Authority will monitor compliance of the delivery of the SSN in accordance with the agreed master plan and delivery timetable. Where slippage against the agreed delivery timetable in excess of 1 year is identified the Local Planning Authority will review the master plan and delivery timetable with partners to ensure sustainable development is delivered in accordance with the Policy. 

 

Subsequent development shall be in accordance with the master plan and agreed design codes.